Life After Lockdown: Where Did All The Confidence Go?

Contributed Collaborative Post Now that lockdown is over, it’s time to start going out again. For some people, this is the worst thing that they can possibly imagine as they are no longer sure of the things that they were once confident about. The pandemic has had a huge impact on the world, and it’s not just you so don’t worry. In this article, we’re going to be looking at...

Post Lockdown Social Anxiety & Tips to Cope

Collaborative Post  Although the easing of government restrictions is a positive sign, and something many have been looking forward to, for some people, especially those of us living with anxiety or other mental health conditions, re-entering society can be daunting and lead to a lot of worry and stress. Age UK have put together some really helpful advice for those who are struggling a little with lockdown easing, but I...

Reflecting on Two Decades of Mental Illness

As this week has been Mental Health Awareness week, I wanted to write a little something about my own struggles with mental illness. I have been fairly vocal on this blog and my previous one about my mental health, and the challenges I have faced over time. Sitting down to write this post today, I realised that I was first diagnosed with having depression almost two full decades ago, when...

How I Found Taking Norethisterone To Delay My Period

I posted previously about my experience of taking Norethisterone to delay my period, for the first time four years ago. I have since taken it again, despite my negative experience first time round, because dates clashed and I didn’t want to start my period at a certain time. I was, understandably, a little apprehensive about taking the tablets again, after what had happened the last time, but I figured it...

Telling Parents They Need a Carer

Collaborative Sponsored Post  It’s no secret that as we age, we have less energy and need extra help here and there. But when you live with Dementia, the level of care needed can quickly increase, especially in the later stages of a diagnosis.  Dementia is ever prevalent in the UK as close to one million people live with it, and with two-thirds of these are still living at home, it...

Don’t Let COVID Get In The Way Of Planning Your Dream Wedding

Contributed collaborative post Are you in the throes of planning your wedding? If so then it’s important not to ignore the coronavirus pandemic. It’s definitely going to have an impact on your plans, regardless of how you decide to handle it. The good news is that COVID doesn’t need to ruin your day completely. There are steps that you can take to ensure that your wedding is still everything you...

Simple Maintenance Tips for Keeping Your Wheelchair in Good Shape

Collaborative Post Wheelchairs require regular maintenance checks and professional service checks to operate at their optimum performance. Mobility scooters and wheelchairs can provide individuals who independence and freedom. A wheelchair needs to be comfortable, reliable and safe to use.  Carrying out small weekly maintenance checks can significantly diminish your risk of an expensive repair bill later down the line. You should be especially vigilant with maintenance checks during the cold...

Ideas For Celebrating a Birthday During UK RoadMap

My birthday last year was during the first lockdown, and I only saw people from a distance, at the end of the drive. This year, it falls two weeks before the third stage of the UK Roadmap, which is a bit frustrating, but at least I am able to go outside of the house this year! If your birthday falls in the next few months and you are wondering how...

Moving on From My Childhood Abuse

Trigger Warning – Childhood Sexual Abuse  You may know that I am currently in therapy for my anxiety and seasonal affective disorder. This is not new for me, I have been in and out of therapy for years, ever since the age of twelve, when I lost my grandad and my mental health took a hit. But grief wasn’t the only thing I was experiencing when I was twelve. I...

I Was Assaulted Aged 20 and That’s Not OK

With the news at the moment, surrounding the murder of a thirty three year old woman who was walking home alone at night, and the conversation around women’s safety and the fear we get when in the company of men, or whilst being alone, it has brought back very distressing memories from a time in my life when I felt extremely vulnerable. I was sexually assaulted when I was twenty...